Pike County boasts a first-class public lake

Published 11:36 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2016

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Pike County Lake in the past week, you’re missing a treat.

The lake reopened on June 1 after undergoing an $850,000 renovation and improvement project.

And what an improvement it is.

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The 45-acre lake closed in 2013 for repairs to its dam and valve system. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries partnered with the City of Troy on the project, which included draining the lake; making the repairs; refilling and restocking the lake; and constructing a new concession stand and conference center.

The result is a first-class public lake, filled with bream and bass, and a state-of-the-art meeting center complete with wi-fi access. Ken Weathers, District IV Fisheries supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said the lake is one of the best fishing lakes in the state. “And it has not reached its potential. It is one of the most beautiful places in the state.”

We think so, too.

The nearly 450 acres of woodlands surrounding the lake provide a serene setting and the new facilities – concession stand, restroom, meeting facilities – enhance the offerings to the public.

But let’s be honest: It’s the fishing that brings most people to the lake.

And there’s plenty of good fishing.

The lake is fully stocked (although some fish are catch-and-release only) and a daily fishing permit is available for only $3.75. Fishing licenses (also required) are available in the bait shop.

Pike County anglers of all ages have been heading to the lake since it reopened. The lake is open from dawn to dusk every day except Wednesday.

What are you waiting for?

The Pike County Lake is located at 200 Pike County Lake Road. For more information, contact lake manager Bart Pettus at 334-674-2480.